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Systems Engineer
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted 02/05/2020
Science-Computer Sciences
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Systems Engineer-23073 


Position Description

Are you searching for meaningful work designing and integrating systems to support operations?


Do you have experience with solving operational challenges at scale and applying systems engineering principles to mission-focused capabilities?


Are you passionate about using innovation, emerging technology and insights to solve system-level technical challenges involving the defense of the US and our allies?


If so, we believe this opportunity may be for you and we think you should apply to join our team at APL.


We are seeking an experienced and motivated technical professional to help solve some of the toughest problems in cyberspace operations. We work as a multi-disciplinary team of software engineers, systems engineers, and domain experts to create and implement robust and effective systems using the most powerful techniques available. We care about making a real-world impact and solving the operational needs of the U.S. government agencies and military organizations that we serve.


As a Cyber Operations Systems Engineer, you will have a detailed understanding of multiple layers of operational concepts, including mission, infrastructure, platform, service, and endpoints, and apply that knowledge to improving capabilities as they are developed, throughout the systems engineering lifecycle, and transitioned to the operational environment.














  • Apply your knowledge of systems engineering to ensure that cyber operations systems are being designed and developed in an effective, orderly manner.
  • Work with government stakeholders and decision makers to ensure systems under development meet their complex, varied operational needs, while communicating technical risk and limitations.
  • Collaborate with operational stakeholders to understand and document their needs, and translate them into well-defined requirements and a comprehensive architecture.
  • Lead efforts to design and develop systems to meet operational requirements, with a focus on capabilities to support cyber operations, by collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams and guiding them as the system proceeds through the systems engineering lifecycle.
  • Work with developers to ensure systems being built meet operational needs and requirements by incorporating standard, industry-accepted methodologies in testing, evaluation, and independent verification and validation (IV&V).
  • Utilize your expertise and experience to mentor and guide fellow team members and develop future leaders and technical experts.



You meet the minimum qualifications for this position if you have:


  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • A BSc Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Cybersecurity, Applied Mathematics, Information Security or related field. 
  • 8+ years demonstrated experience designing, developing, integrating and testing existing as well as emerging systems, networks, analytics, as well as demonstrating knowledge of systems engineering techniques such as requirements development and planning for testing and evaluation. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills, good organizational skills, ability to both lead and work in teams.
  • Hold an active Top Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship. 


You’ll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have:


  • MSc or PhD in an engineering discipline from an accredited university
  • 15+ years’ experience in the design, development, and deployment of complex systems architectures with a focus on full spectrum cyber operations.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with architectural frameworks, requirements elicitation and analysis, systems integration, and systems evaluation.
  • Experience in conducting research, development, and testing of offensive cyber capabilities.
  • Experience in DevSecOps
  • Experience in the development of related documents that define processes, solutions, requirements, and specifications for government agencies (military, federal D/As, state, and local) and public organizations to collaborate and achieve greater cybersecurity.
  • Experience with DoD and/or IC cyber operations/mission forces
  • Active TS/SCI clearance 


Why Work at APL?


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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